Meghan Markle and Prince Harry should have returned to the UK to help the Queen through the coronavirus crisis – according to Meghan's dad.
Thomas Markle said the couple would have been better off returning to Harry's homeland rather than jetting to LA in an attempt to avoid the killer bug.
Thomas, 75, is now just 155 miles from his daughter and grandson Archie.
He said he hopes they change their mind on their decision to quit as senior royals, telling the Sunday Mirror : “I think Meghan and Harry should go back to the Royal family in the UK and be supportive of the Queen.
“I think they should be in England at this time and not in LA.”
He added: “I really support the idea of them going back to the Royal Family.
“They can join the A-list and make lots of money, of course, when the problem with the virus is over.
“But they will never find the respect they would have as full members of the Royal Family.”
Thomas, a retired Hollywood lighting director, said he sends good wishes to the 93-year-old Queen and Prince Charles – who is currently in self-isolation after contracting Covid-19.
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Despite his heart condition putting him at high risk from the virus, Thomas said Meghan has not been in touch with him.
Meghan's dad said he hopes the pandemic will remind the couple what's important in life, and begged the pair to forgive him.
He said he is anxious Meghan could be at risk from Covid-19, which is raging in California.
Thomas said: “I am in the high risk category, but now a number of young people are also coming down with it.
“If I could say anything to Harry and Meghan right now it is that life is too short.
“I would certainly tell them to be careful and I would tell them that I love them.
“This is the time to think about what is really important in life – it’s too short and unpredictable.
“While we have to isolate physically, there is no reason to isolate personally from each other at this time.”
Thomas hasn’t spoken to Meghan since missing her wedding following a heart attack in May 2018.
They have been at loggerheads after it emerged he had collaborated with a paparazzi photographer to make money from staged photos before the wedding.
Thomas — who is yet to meet grandson Archie — is desperately hoping Harry, 35, will forgive him and accept anyone can make a mistake.
Harry was himself duped by Russian pranksters impersonating eco-activist Greta Thunburg and her dad Svante.
During two phone calls with notorious jokers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov he indiscreetly said he is “completely separate” from most of the Royal Family and spoke openly about his agony over “Megxit”.
He was also critical of US president Donald Trump.
Thomas said: “We all think we do something right and it turns out to be wrong.
“Harry recently made a huge mistake talking to those Russian pranksters. He got tricked by those pranksters and I got tricked by doing those photos.
“We all make mistakes and I made a huge mistake. I should forgive them and they should forgive me.
“Ultimately, maybe it’s time for Archie to say hello to grandpa.”
Thomas lives alone in Rosarito, Mexico, and is now set to go into self-isolation.
Although he's been suffering from a cold for two months, he insists it is not coronavirus.
He said: “I have a good supply of food in, I’m ready to self-isolate and stay at home. I have more than enough food and water.”
Thomas is set to be a witness in the legal battle over a letter Meghan wrote to him detailing her heartbreak at their rift.
Thomas felt he'd been attacked and misrepresented in reports about the letter's existence, prompting him to take it to a UK newspaper.
He has now agreed to testify at London’s High Court — but hopes it doesn't come to that.
He said Meghan’s half-siblings Tom Jr, 53, and Samantha, 55, are in daily contact with him.
He said: “Every day I hear from Tom and Samantha, they call. They’re both doing fine at the moment.”
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